Ever since Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos Islands in the 19th century, use it or lose it has been the adopted theory when studying the evolution of organisms.Scientists at MSU have recently learned that successful adaptation to a specific environment is all about trade-offs.In a paper published in the Oct.
The MSU-Detroit College of Law Moot Court Board is gearing up to host 14 law schools from around the nation in its first Trial Advocacy Competition, which is slated to be held Thursday through Sunday. Trial Advocacy allows law students to take the skills they learn in the classroom and apply them to simulated court cases in a competitive atmosphere. The Trial Advocacy program is one of two formats the teams follow.
Small-scale versions of Scooby-Doo, Dumbo and Stuart Little were among those making a guest appearance at a pre-Halloween party held Friday. Children in a variety of costumes filled the Audiology and Speech Sciences Building for the event, hosted by MSU students in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. The guests at the shindig were the youngest clients of MSUs audiology clinic, all children with communication disorders. This is the most fun activity weve had in a long time, said Raechel Kearns, president of the hearing association. The MSU students, many of whom also sported costumes, adorned Audiology and Speech Sciences with spooky fun in the form of fake cobwebs, crepe paper, pumpkins and games. Both the children and their parents expressed appreciation for the students efforts. Jodie Kempf of Eagle, Mich., whose son Calen was dressed as Scooby-Doo, said it was nice for her son to come to the clinic for something other than speech therapy. I thought it was a great opportunity to have the kids get together, she said.
Lansing - A small but energetic crowd gathered on the steps of the state Capitol and east lawn Saturday afternoon to protest racial profiling and police brutality.Demonstrators listened to representatives from the black, Latino, lesbian-bi-gay-transgendered and religious communities for three hours as they demanded change and cited specific cases of brutality.The demands included the passage of legislation to outlaw racial profiling in Michigan, which would allow officers who commit these acts to be prosecuted, the creation of a council for community control of the police and a call for the immediate end to police brutality and racial profiling.Demonstrators of various races and social classes came from across the state to participate in the rally.
The four major-party candidates vying for two seats on the MSU Board of Trustees will meet in a State News-sponsored debate tonight. Republicans Connie Binsfeld and Scott Romney and Democrats Dorothy Gonzales and Cal Rapson will square off in the 90-minute forum at 6 p.m.
MSU has recently become flooded with condoms, thanks to Condom-Nation, an Olin Health Center program designed to make contraceptives more accessible to students.Dennis Martell, a health educator at Olin, said the program should cut down on the number of students having unprotected sex.Weve heard all the excuses - I didnt have one on me or I didnt have any money to buy one or I didnt feel like running down to the vending machine, Martell said.We want people to have easy access to them.The condoms have been distributed since the beginning of the semester and will continue to be given away throughout the school year.
The sounds of fire engines, sirens and gleeful children filled the air at Fire Safety Day on Sunday at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house.The East Lansing Fire Department teamed up with the Phi Delta Thetas and the Kappa Delta sorority to put on the event for the community.Bob Pratt, East Lansing fireman and co-coordinator of the event, said the day went fabulously.It was a great day and we had a great turnout, not only from the community but the Phi Delta Thetas and the Kappa Deltas as well, Pratt said.There have been a lot of activities, the kids got to tour the fire truck and the ambulance and they all got a chance to spray a little water out of the fire hose.Along with numerous activities for children, the firemen got a chance to pass along some key fire-safety knowledge, he said.A working smoke detector doubles your chances of surviving a fire, Pratt said.
The MSU-Detroit College of Law Tax Clinic has helped a lot of people file their returns since it opened in January, but as the programs inaugural year draws to a close, those involved know they will provide their services to many more. The clinic offers free services to low-income taxpayers who need help with anything from filing returns to resolving conflicts with the Internal Revenue Service.
Three years ago it seemed odd to buy a car in pajamas and slippers at 3 a.m.But now that the e-commerce boom has hit the automobile industry and consumers garages, it isnt even necessary to leave the house when shopping for a car.Its really about customer convenience, said Leigh Morehouse, the Internet manager for Spartan Motor Mall, 5701 S.
Sludge-caked bikes, browned but previously white plastic lawn chairs, a soggy mattress and a rusted bed frame were just a few of the pollutants pulled from the Red Cedar River muck earlier this month by environmentally-conscious MSU students. And Wednesday afternoon, the items were showcased.